On-farm colostrum measurement tools evaluated

A study at the University of Calgary evaluated the accuracy of both the colostrometer and the Brix refractometer for measuring colostrum quality on the farm. FULL STORY »

Signs of Mycoplasma bovis infection in dairy cattle

It’s a scourge you don’t want showing up on your farm. But if it does, the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association offers tips for identifying and preventing Mycoplasma bovis infections. FULL STORY »

Six simple tips for sanitation to boost calf health

Just like the milking parlor, sanitation of calf-feeding equipment should be a daily practice to minimize the spread of disease FULL STORY »

How to minimize the impact of dystocia on newborn calves

Experiencing a difficult birth sets calves back the minute they hit the ground. Researchers in Colorado have identified ways to help dystocia calves recover and thrive. FULL STORY »

Heifer prices high in Texas

Currently available prices indicate a softening of springer and heifer calf prices in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. California springer prices are steady to slightly up, while the high end for top-quality Holstein springers surged in Texas. This month’s high was $1,860, compared to $1,475 last month. That top-dollar figure is the highest springer price posted in Texas for more than two years. FULL STORY »

When it comes to calf feeding, understanding consumption is key

Getting every calf to take off eating starter grain can be a challenging process. Purina Animal Nutrition outlines the basics of consumption. FULL STORY »

Heifers prefer supplemental long straw in limit-feeding programs

Feeding heifers nutrient-dense rations in limited quantities is growing in popularity. Researchers at the University of Guelph recently published a study in the Journal of Dairy Science that evaluated forage supplements to complement these feeding programs. FULL STORY »

Calves with Sam: Automatic feeder won't solve building problems

Calves on a dairy farm were being fed with gang feeders but were not gaining well. Scours treatment rate was acceptable but the treatment rate for pneumonia was more than fifty percent during the eight weeks the calves were in this pen. Sam Leadley with Attica (N.Y.) Veterinary Associates looks at why an automatic feeder failed to improve the situation. FULL STORY »

Avoid these 10 heifer-feeding mistakes

Coping with high feed costs is not just a challenge in the lactating herd, but in the heifer pen as well. FULL STORY »

Questions a dairy farmer should ask his or her veterinarian

How can you get the most out of your relationship with your herd veterinarian? Ohio dairy veterinary practitioner Fred Gingrich offers his advice. FULL STORY »

The value of Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) to the industry

The Beef Quality Assurance program helps beef and dairy producers improve production practices while enhancing the quality of our product, safeguarding the industry’s image and protecting against burdensome regulation. FULL STORY »

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